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Healthier Oregon: Better care for more people. Free health coverage offered by the State of Oregon

More people will have full Oregon Health Plan benefits

As of July 1, 2022, more adults will be eligible for full Oregon Health Plan (OHP) benefits regardless of their immigration status.

How is this possible?

House Bill (HB) 3352 put into law a program called “Cover All People.” The program is now known as “Healthier Oregon.”

Who will be eligible?

People who live in Oregon who:

  • Meet income and other criteria,
  • Currently don’t qualify for full OHP benefits because of their immigration status, and
  • Are 19-25 years old or 55 years and older.

For example:

  • Now, a 22-year-old without a qualifying immigration status currently can get CWM benefits (also known as emergency Medicaid).
  • On July 1, 2022, this person will be eligible for full OHP benefits.

Frequently asked questions

We had to limit enrollment to stay within the budget for Healthier Oregon’s first program year.  The advisory workgroup recommended the age groups to include.

If more funding comes, we will add more people.​

​No. OHP does not affect your immigration status. OHP is not considered public charge. You can learn more in this public charge fact sheet or on the Oregon Immigration Resource website

If your situation is complex or you have specific questions, please reach out to an immigration lawyer.

​Yes, if you are 19-25 or 55 and older and meet all other OHP eligibility requirements.

​Yes. You will be able to enroll then, if: 

  • ​You are 19-25 or 55 and older, 
  • You aren’t currently eligible for full OHP because of your immigration status, and 
  • You meet all other OHP eligibility requirements. 

​​No, you will not need to wait five years before you are eligible for ​full OHP benefits through Healthier Oregon. However, you need to: 

  • Meet all other OHP eligibility requirements, and 
  • Be 19-25 or 55 and older.​

Program timeline

  • June 26, 2021: HB 3352 passed the Legislature.
  • July 19, 2021: Governor Kate Brown signs bill into law.
  • September 2021: Advisory group begins work. Half of the members are current or past OHP members.
  • September – December 2021: Advisory group helps develop initial program design.
  • January – June 2022: The Oregon Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority implement system changes.
  • April 1, 2022: Outreach and engagement efforts begin.
  • July 1, 2022: Eligibility for full OHP benefits begins for newly eligible adults.

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